Market Ready: Designer Home Staging Tips
I’m going to share some tips on how to stage your home to sell – so if you’re considering putting your home on the market, or just looking for ways to style and refresh your home, this is for you!
First off, you may be asking yourself, “Why bother with staging? What’s the point in spending additional money to make my home more presentable if I’m just planning to move anyways?” Have you heard of home staging, but aren't really sure just how effective it can be or how it can help sell your home faster and for top dollar?
Well, there’s a number of benefits to staging, including potential to close more quickly. According to Forbes, 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less! There’s also potential benefits to get a greater return on your investment – both from what you’ve put into staging, and how that could enhance your home’s selling price, according to the National Association of Realtors & Forbes.
Ultimately, your home should make you feel good. Staging helps put your home’s best foot forward and helps your home shine to show potential buyers what their lifestyle could look like, and how your home could give them those “feel good” vibes.
So, what can you do to stage your home? Here’s a few of my top staging tips:
De-clutter *everywhere* - remove items like too many family photos, any personal items or toiletries from view in your bathrooms, hide any non-essential kitchen items in a cupboard, and clear out and clean up your closets. You want prospective buyers to see your home’s potential and how it can support their lifestyle – so if a buyer opens a closet and sees messy piles of shoes, they could think “well, this home doesn’t have enough storage for me and my family.” So make sure everything is cleaned up, cleared out, and simplified so buyers can see the bones of your home.
Neutralize your paint colors – if you have to, give a few rooms or even beat up wood furniture a fresh coat of paint. Stick to neutral paint colors like whites and grays where possible – nothing too bright or too loud.
You can also add little pops of greenery, such as faux potted grass or succulents, a vase of fresh or faux flowers, wreaths (try one on the inside of your front door to cheer up your entryway), or add a faux potted plant in a corner of a room, like a fiddle leaf fig or olive tree.
And finally, to really make your home shine, add those finishing styling touches by dressing up your dining table (you can use linens like a runner, table cloth, or placemats and a centerpiece), style any bookshelves, open shelving, or surfaces like your coffee table, and add some fresh fruit in a bowl or an artisan loaf of bread on a wood cutting board. Another special touch (especially for in-home showings) – fresh chocolate chip cookies! Makes your home look and smell even more amazing.
Getting ready to put your home on the market, and want to make it absolutely shine to potential buyers? Or are you simply looking for ways to finally make your home feel "finished" or style your home to give it that extra "wow" factor? Let me know, and we can schedule a free discovery call to talk about how I could help. Looking forward to getting your home staged & styled to sell!